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Collection by Diana Budds

Peru Gift Show 2011

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Greetings from Peru! I'm in Lima reporting from the showroom floors of the National Gift Show and Peru Moda, a fashion tradeshow, taking place April 27th to 30th. An estimated 5,000 people come to the Gift Show, now in its 13th year, to spy the handcrafted wares from the Andean highlands to the coastal cities and everywhere in between. The designs at the Gift Show were 100% Peruvian made down to the cotton fibers in the textiles, the alpaca wool woven into rugs, the woods carved into ornaments and trinkets, and the natural dyes that saturate everything with bright hues. In this slideshow, have a look at some of the objects that caught my eye. Most were traditional handicrafts—quite wonderful and a real treat to see—though my favorites were the contemprary upcycled designs of Nuna Lab and Geldres Design.

Miniature ornaments such as these were on display throughout the show.
Most of the 5,000 people attending the fair were buyers representing countries and companies from all around the world.
Nuna Lab had some mighty fine knits, all made from reclaimed and upcycled materials.
Scarves by Nuna Lab are made from materials leftover from Peru's clothing...
These upcycled pillows by Nuna Lab feature remnants of t-shirt material sewn together to form a cushiony, confetti-like...
These handmade ceramics derive their color from natural red and white clays mixed together on a potter's wheel and are...
These hedgehog-like toys by Geldres Design are made of reclaimed rubber from tires.
Also from Geldres Design: a series of robots carved from cardboard sandwiched together.
These ornaments are hand-painted with an intricate pattern.
A playful toy dog by Muebles Casas.
Textiles are a huge part of Peruvian design, especially cotton.
Combed cotton fibers are draped over a chair.
Colorful pompoms in all the vibrant colors found throughout the fair.
A trove of yet more vibrantly colored rugs, pillows, and blankets.
This boldly colored and patterned rug stood out from the more traditional color combinations in the show.
A felt bauble necklace, chunky wooden rings, and scintillating silver earrings by Mariana Sanz.
A felt necklace by designer Vacide Erda Zimic.
No, this isn't a supercomputer—it's a row of embroidery machines.
At the fair, a man was busily knitting away on this contraption.
And another knitting device! The woman on the left turns a crank as the woman on the right feeds in yarn.
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